Because of its proximity to the central and western Caribbean as well as Mexico and the Panama Canal, Galveston is the perfect jump-off point for vacationers wanting to take a relaxing cruise in and around the Gulf of Mexico.
Only 40 miles from downtown Houston, Galveston has a modern port facility that is served by Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines.
The most popular Galveston cruises take visitors to Belize, the resort town of Cozumel, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. These cruises are generally about 7 days in length. However, there are a few extended vacation packages that offer more remote destinations in the eastern part of the Caribbean.
Vacationers interested in sampling the local Caribbean cuisine, the exciting arts and crafts of the native islands, and who yearn for plentiful sunshine and warm tropical waters lined by white sand beaches will love the cruise itineraries originating in Galveston.
Cruises from New Orleans, Louisiana
Tourists and vacationers visiting New Orleans have the option of combining their experience in the Crescent City with an exciting cruise to the Caribbean or Mexico.
One of the most popular cruise destinations is Cozumel Island, Mexico, with a 4 night package available from Carnival Cruise Lines. Royal Caribbean has a 7 day cruise originating in New Orleans that not only takes passengers to Cozumel Island but to the ports of George Town in the Cayman Islands and Falmouth in Jamaica as well.
Other New Orleans cruises include a 7 night package offered by Norwegian Cruise Lines making stops in both Costa Maya and Cozumel Island, Mexico, then continuing on to Belize City. And Carnival has a special cruise of 5 days and nights that stops in both Cozumel Island and Progreso on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Taking in the sights and sounds of New Orleans before or after these cruises is the perfect way to complete the holiday.
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This article was prepared in collaboration with Ashot Hayrapetyan of Cayole Cruises.